The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Eveline (Schooner), lightning, 1 Jun 1877

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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. - The schooner Eveline, bound from Chicago for Alpena, when about sixty miles out
from the former port on Wednesday night, was struck by lightning. The bolt shivered the mainmast to pieces,
throwing three large pieces over the vessel's sides. The large spar was split perpendicularly in two, the electric
current following the grain of the wood in a circular manner until it reached the main boom jaw, which is enclosed
in a band of iron fastened by a large bolt. This bolt was literally cut in two, and carried out of its place with great
force. The mate, George Mayom, was severely injured, but it is believed he will recover. The left side of his body,
where he received the worst injury, is blistered and the skin burned off from the shoulder to the foot, while the
right leg and hands and arm are severely burned. He also suffered internal injuries and bled freely.
      Detroit Tribune
      June 24, 1877

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Reason: lightning
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Eveline (Schooner), lightning, 1 Jun 1877